Snow Park L1*
Course Duration
11 Weeks
13 weeks

Banff is a unique, stunning location, and is home to 3 renown ski resorts, 1 of which is Canadian Rockies biggest ski resort, Lake Louise! Banff is based in the middle of a national park, it boasts first-class training, uncrowded pistes, epic powder, unspoilt views and a buzzing nightlife, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s best ski and snowboard resorts.

As one of the greatest ski towns in the world, Banff offers the snow enthusiasts a huge variety of terrain that will keep you excited day after day. You could spend your entire winter here and still not have seen or skied every trail. The mountain always has more to give, allowing you to continue your skill progression as the weeks go on. The truly diverse range of shops, restaurants, bars, and activities also mean that you will never be stuck for something to do when you aren’t skiing.

Banff is home to three resorts and we run our courses in the largest of the three, Lake Louise. It boasts the most varied terrain, has an amazing powder section, great long runs, lots of challenging steep sections, a great snow park, and also employs the most ski instructors, which means that the chances of returning as an instructor in following seasons are great.

If you’re looking for the best ski instructor courses in Canada, look no further. If you have any questions about this amazing course or any of our other opportunities here at SIA Austria, contact us today.

Our ski instructor courses in Canada will improve your interpersonal skills and you will become a better communicator, while increasing your technical knowledge. As well as this, you will advance your own skiing to new heights! This extensive program will take you through the necessary training in order for you to gain your CSIA Level 1 & 2 certification allowing you to teach skiers up to intermediate parallel skill level.

You will learn how to assess and develop skiers in various terrain and tactics. The program includes technical seminars, on-going assessment of your skiing progress, and a written personalised evaluation each week from one of our qualified Level 4 Pros.

On your days off you can take time to enjoy your beautiful surroundings found in Banff national park, be it at Lake Louise, or one of the other smaller but still incredible resorts that you have access to from Banff. Banff is a huge ski town full of non-stop-fun-loving life with everything you will ever need. Banff plays host to a massive selection of bars and restaurants, a sport complex complete with an indoor climbing centres, a bowling alley, a cinema and even the occasional Banff high street ice hockey tournament and red bull rail jam. When having some down time away from your training you can also enjoy the renown night life that Banff has a reputation for as well as an abundance of extra activities such as snowmobile tours, dog sledding, cross country skiing, back country touring and even heli & cat skiing which the Rocky Mountains is so recognised for.

13 Week Program

This course can be upgraded to a 13-week course which will also include Level 1 training and exams for snow park / freestyle, ensuring you leave us an all-mountain instructor!

Available Courses

Price: 11,250.00
Jan 04, 2025 - Mar 22, 2025
Price: 12,875.00
Jan 04, 2025 - Apr 05, 2025

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What's Included

We pride ourselves on the fact that Ski Instructor Academy offers the very best value, fully comprehensive and quality filled programs on the market. We offer the best ski instructor course in Banff and know that you’re going to love it!

20+ Hours Practical Lessons Per Week From Highest Qualified Trainers
Fantastic Central Hotel Accommodation In Banff
Breakfast 4 Days per Week
Evening Meals 4 Days Per Week
Lake Louise Full Season Lift Pass
Lift Line Priority
CSIA Level 1 & 2 Ski Instructor Exams
CSIA Teaching Children Module
Avalanche Courses (AST L1)
CSIA Level 1 Park / Freestyle *(13Wk)
HD Video Movement Analysis
Equipment Tuning Clinic
Theory Lessons And Seminars
Exclusive Discounts with SIA Partner Programme
Optional Off Snow Activities Every Week
Two Social Après Per Week
Resort Rep Available 24/7
SIA Job Assist
Free Jacket

In my opinion SIA is your only choice to become a ski instructor. For me, it was difficult to chose between all the different schools but I have never regretted the decision to choose SIA. The course was very well planned, organised and worth every dollar I paid for it.

- Svetlana, USA

Absolutely life changing! When I first arrived I was quite unsure of what to expect, coming from a small town in the UK and feeling really nervous. The course exceeded anything I could of ever dreamed of; meeting what are now my best friends and spending 3 months living the ski dream!

Boo Kent, UK

“What a great experience, the best coaches I’ve ever had! Would advise any friends and family to do it, also the best value for money of all the options I researched. Sehr gut!”

Henry, UK

Amazing experience! Loved the people, the skiing and the environment, best choice I ever made!”


Helena Hansen, Denmark


During this course, you will be supported on an ongoing basis by our highly qualified and experienced training team who have been coaching in Banff for over 20 years!

Quality Service Assured

We will bend over backwards to make sure you have the very best time with us on and off the slopes. Our in-resort team will be on hand to ensure that you enjoy the best ski instructor course in Banff! When it’s over, you’ll be counting down the days until your next SIA experience.


Your course will be packed full of training from start to finish with 5 days professional coaching per week. Intimate group sizes will allow you the personal attention you need to improve your skills and motivate you to push yourself further.


Here at Ski Instructor Academy we pride ourselves in both the quality and value of our many courses. We honestly believe that we offer the best ski instructor courses in Banff, and other locations around the globe.


You will earn your Canadian (CSIA) L1&L2 Instructor Licence, this is an internationally respected instructor qualification which you can use to teach in most countries around the world.

You must be competent and have enough ski knowledge and time on snow so that you can ski a red piste run in parallel, with a hip width stance, demonstrating outside ski balance and little body rotation. If you don’t think you’re up to this level then you can still join, just get in touch to find out how.

If you want to work after your course then we can assist you with applying to Lake Louise Ski School once you are qualified. Of course, you need to be legally allowed to work, so a working holiday visa, IEC or suitable passport will be required should you wish to work in Canada.

See our Essential Visa Guide for more info…

During these strange times we want you to feel safe and secure when it comes to your course fees and your booking.

Our Covid Confident Money Back Guarantee gives you complete peace of mind and flexibility when it comes to your booking with us.

This means that if your course is cancelled by SIA prior to your arrival date, for whatever reason, you can choose one of the following options:

  • Switch your instructor course free of charge to a later date or destination 
  • Receive a full refund of your fees 

Our guarantee applies to all travellers whether you have already booked your instructor course, or are considering booking. Meaning, you can book with confidence and look forward to an amazing season with SIA.

Read more about the Covid Confident Money Back Guarantee here…

2021/22 was the first season post-Brexit and added some red tape to what would historically have been a normal season for students from the UK. To work anywhere in the world now, incl. Europe, Brits will need a visa or permit to work. The Authorities here in Austria have said that they plan to have a ‘seasonnaire permit’ in place at some point in the future to allow workers short-term access to the employment market during the winter season.

Whilst this is potentially great news, there has still – 3 years on – been no further news on this ‘seasonaire permit’ and so it will be highly unlikely that anything will be in place anytime soon, which does still leaves uncertainty on what will be required from UK nationals working in Austria in the future.

As of yet there is still no further news or update on the Austrian ‘seasonnaire permit’ or any other pathway to enable Brits to work in Austria or any other EU country via any independently accessible work visa or any alternative method. (latest update: 1st February 2023)

You must be a minimum of 16 years old before you arrive into resort on our Austrian Courses.

You must be a minimum of 18 years old before you arrive in resort for our Canadian or  Argentinian Courses (unless parental consent is obtained).

You must be a minimum of 18 years old to join any of our courses or internships which rely on a working holiday visa or work permit.

Although SIA courses are amongst the largest in the World, we generally manage to maintain very intimate training groups of between 4:1 and 8:1, but with absolutely no more than 10:1 students per trainer in Austria, Argentina, Canada, France and NZ. This allows us to match similar ability levels per group and means no student should ever feel as if they are falling behind, or being held back because of the group they are in.

We have various options for accommodation on our courses, all of which are very comfortable. We use a combination of shared apartments, houses and chalets. There are options to to include a single room, half board meals or both! (subject to availability and supplement). See our Accommodation page for more details on your options.

YES! As an employed instructor, ski schools will offer you subsidised staff housing as part of your employment contract. This is generally basic living, but a fun and very social environment with your fellow instructors and not to mention a very cheap way of living in a ski resort, with most ski schools only charging between €4 and €10 per day.

Note: If your course does not include a Job Guarantee or you do not wish to take up your position then accommodation will only be included during your course dates.

Sure! We love it when friends come together and share this amazing experience – after all sharing is caring! We can make sure you live together and also work in the same ski school together too so you can enjoy the time and make memories forever… just be sure to let us know who you’re travelling with.

We are so confident that we offer the very best value courses in the industry that we have our SIA Price Promise. We pride ourselves that we offer more training, higher quality coaching, better off-hill programs and more fun aprés events than any other course.

That’s why if you find a better value comparable course anywhere, not only will we match the course cost, but we will also give you an additional €100 off your course fees for good measure!

Get in touch to find out more about our Price Promise.

Yes! Once you have booked and paid your deposit then you will have the ability to pay off your course how you see fit as long as our minimum criteria has been met (see T&C’s). You can decide how much and how often you pay to suit your circumstances as long as your course fees are paid in full prior to your course. We do not add any interest charges for payment plans.

As much as we love dogs at SIA the simple answer is no.

Dogs are not allowed within SIA Accommodation. Ski Schools also ban pets from their accommodation.

No problem, you can check out our full FAQ’s here for answers on equipment, training, qualifications, jobs, payments and more.

If you’re still not sure, then Contact Us and we can answer your specific questions for you.